THE BIGGEST SECRET TO HOW CULTS HACK INTO EVERYDAY PEOPLE
We’ve all seen ordinary people get sucked into cults. Even some of our friends have fallen victim, leaving us with nothing but a confused, ‘whyyyyyyyy?’ or ‘howwwwwww?’
There are several ways that cults recruit people, but there is one central theme that occurs with the most frequency: the pattern interrupt.
The pattern interrupt is a method that hypnotists use to put people into a trance. It looks like this…
Our brains are doing the best they can. When we do one thing a lot, it memorizes the pattern so that it isn’t so taxing on our cognitive resources in the future. It does this to HELP us, but it can be used to do some crazy stuff.
In the above example, a hypnotist is taking advantage of a memorized pattern of behavior, a handshake. We do this so often that our brains have literally made permanent connections for this behavior. When it’s interrupted, however, it creates a tiny bit of confusion in the mind, and opens a small window of suggestibility. During this time, we are far more likely to obey commands or suggestions.
We stick our hand out, someone interrupts the memorized pattern, redirects our attention, and we become shockingly compliant.
Our lives are very similar - we run on memorized patterns of behavior for most of what we do. From driving and making coffee, to work and interacting with our boss - lots of patterns.
When our lives are interrupted by a major event, like a divorce, bankruptcy, loss of a loved one, or even the loss of a job. These events in our lives produce an even larger window of suggestibility. Our brains react with an even larger - and more pronounced window of suggestibility.
These life-pattern interrupts create serious suggestibility in all of us, and cults target people who’ve had a recent setback or life change. Their ability to discern good from bad is typically compromised.
We can protect ourselves by understanding this, and keeping it front-of-mind if anything should ever happen to us. Just the awareness of this phenomenon is usually enough to bring our awareness to the moment that we might be making a bad decision.
In our practitioner’s course, we dissect this even further - showing you how to use this, and manufacture it, in order to produce more profound behavioral change to HELP instead of hinder people.
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